When I began my search for the perfect protein powder the first place I went was one of those well known supplement chain stores. You know the ones I’m talking about? Wall to wall flashy looking labels and gigantic tubs of mystery powder? I asked the sales guy if they carried any “clean” protein powders. His reply “Everything we sell is clean!” Ha!! Perhaps I wasn’t clear.
I was looking for something without artificial ingredients. “But this is what everyone sells. It’s as clean as it gets. It’s what people feed babies”. I thanked him for his time and left. (On a side note I have since looked at the ingredients in baby formula and you know what? This guy wasn’t too far off!)
I have since found much better information and selections at health food stores and alternative health centres. Once you know what you are looking for, there is actually a decent selection out there.
Choose your protein source:
Whey – comes from milk. Whey isolate is a form that is easier to digest than its counterparts. If you are really sensitive to lactose I would avoid this all together (Also remember milk comes from cows so be sure you know the source – you want it to come from happy and healthy ones!)
Vegan – A variety of grains and other plant based foods hold a large amount of protein. The proteins are isolated from rice, hemp, pea etc.
Soy – Be sure that if you choose to consume soy that it is organic and non-GMO. Additionally if you will be using protein powder every day, soy may not be the best option.
Find out what makes it taste good:
Avoid: chemical based artificial sweeteners and flavours
Choose: natural sugars, fruit or stevia
Look at the colour:
If it’s a colour found in the rainbow, it likely contains artificial colouring and dyes. Read the labels!
The last bit of advice- do your research. Read the labels and the fine print, and don’t expect to buy a year’s supply for $19.99. This is one product that is worth paying for; it’s what is helping to build those hard earned muscles!!